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Padres Preview: 05/10 Cesar Vargas will (hopefully) take the mound tonight in opener against Cubs

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and allow the Padres and Cubs to get this series underway.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

A rainy Chicago evening gave the Padres and Cubs an unexpected off day yesterday as their series opener was postponed. That game will hopefully be played on Wednesday morning as the first part of a split doubleheader. Tonight hopefully the rain can cease for just long enough to get some baseball in at Wrigley Field.

Cesar Vargas, yesterday's supposed starter, will get the ball tonight instead (assuming the game is played) to try to improve on some already strong numbers this season. The young righty, who made his Major League debut on April 23rd of this year, has posted a 1.10 ERA in his three appearances so far this season. That's only two runs allowed through 16 1/3 innings of work. But Vargas still doesn't have a Major League win under his belt.

The Cubs will try to keep it that way as they go for their eighth consecutive win tonight. Jon Lester, who was also originally slated to kick off the series last night, will make the start for Chicago and try to improve on his impressive start to the season. Through his first six starts, he's gone 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA, though he's still looking for his first home win of the year. This will be Lester's third career outing against San Diego. He went 0-1 while giving up a combined four earned runs on 12 hits in his previous two tries.

Today's Lineups

Jon Jay - CF Dexter Fowler - CF
Wil Myers - 1B Jason Heyward - RF
Matt Kemp - RF Kris Bryant - LF
Derek Norris - C Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Melvin Upton Jr. - LF Ben Zobrist - 2B
Brett Wallace - 3B Javier Baez - 3B
Jose Pirela - 2B Addison Russell - SS
Alexei Ramirez - SS David Ross - C
Cesar Vargas - RHP Jon Lester - LHP

(Tentative) Game time: 5:05 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)